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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To mentor and connect with "at-risk" youth in order for them to be a productive part of society

Programs: Youth mentoring connection (ymc) operates facilitated mentoring programs in partnership with corporate worksites, schools, municipalities, and community agencies throughout los angeles. Our primary focus is to generate innovative new mentoring programs that are site-based and have a group dynamic. We then combine life-skills training with the development of supportive relationships between adults and youth. This currently manifests itself in the following types of programs: - work site mentoring - school site mentoring - youth center programs - school-to-work programs - life skills workshopsin addition, we serve the mentoring community by offering: - program coordination - technical assistance - mentor tips e-mail campaign

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tanya11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Youth Mentoring Connection last year and it has been an amazing experience. The staff is reliable, fun and very genuine about what they do. The non-profit is one of the most organized non-profits I have ever worked with and the impact to the kids is really visible.

They are just wonderful, and I encourage anyone interested in youth development to get involved with the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with the YMC three years ago through my company. I must tell you that Tony who runs the program is absolutely fantastic. They match youths in need to mentors who are looking to give back and make a difference in the world. This program has allowed me to fulfill that dream. The sessions are heart felt and we develop a real connection to the youth we work with. For anyone looking to make a contribution beyond your regular day job I highly recommend this group. Thank you YMC for helping me to find an avenue to make a difference in the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YMC continues to make a positive impact in the community. Mentoring works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering as a mentor with Youth Mentoring Connection 3 years ago. My mentee and I still have a great relationship. YMC has an incredible track record keeping at-risk youth in school and productive. They have over 96% high school graduation rate, compared to less than 50% for the LA USD, and have ended 3 gangs! They create such amazing relationships between mentors and mentees, and among all participants. YMC's unique programs bring mentees to the work place, making it easy for people to be mentors and make a difference right where they work. It also creates relationships among the mentors, thereby creating greater connection among co-workers and increased job satisfaction. The program changes two lives...both the mentee AND the mentor and I am forever grateful for my experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YMC continues to serve the underserved with integrity and devotion. They bring the urban youth of LA into a circle of guidance and love that cannot be gotten anywhere else, changing and saving lives.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with YMC for many years and their commitment to LA's underserved youth is consistently breathtaking. This organization changes and saves lives, taking the hands of many forgotten youth and leading them to higher ground, to the discovery of their own unique voice and path. They surround youth from troubled homes and neighborhoods in a circle of love that cannot be found ANY where else.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the program as a mentor from 2010-2011. I recently had to stop mentoring because my schedule changed. As I get to look back...I noticed that not only my mentee(a 12 year old teenager matched with me) has changed throughout the program but also myself. Thanks to the group and one-on-one meetings I have noticed the importance of being present, of showing up for what really matters, of enjoying the simplest things in life such as nature and the sun. I have gained motivation for my own life by showing ongoing support for my mentee. The match was also great, I was able to see the problems that my mentee had in my own childhood/adolescent period. I thank Youth Mentoring Connection for keeping up with the amazing work that they do and I invite you to join as a mentor, you won't regret it :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined YMC in October 2009 and was paired with a great 6th grader, who a year and half later, I'm still mentoring. This program is both rewarding and eye-opening. Stepping away from my busy work life to appreciate the simpler things in life has been inspiring to me and others. It's also a great time be a kid again and experience all that Los Angeles has to offer outside of our neighborhood.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Mentoring Connection provides us the opportunity to connect with underserved youth from local Los Angeles neighborhoods.

For us, the adults, YMC provide the support that allows these mentoring relationships to grow. It is especially rewarding that mentor and mentee couples can continue to build on their relationship from year to year and the adults can follow through and support their mentee as they tackle the challenges of college and beyond.

Youth Mentoring Connection makes it all happen, providing a consistent support structure that many of these kids have not experienced before.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Youth Mentoring Org is a wonderful group with a dynamic leader, encouraging at-risk youth to stay in school and introducing them to the corporate world of business in a fun and stimulating way. Mentors work with "mentees" both a one-on-one and in group sessions filled with enthusiasm and thought-provoking exercises. I recommend this group highly.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer with YMC in 2010 and couldn't be happier with the program they organize.

The organization is very supportive of both the young adults and volunteers in the program and while many serious things are discussed, there is always a sense of caring and joy about the program and all the organizers in the program.

I personally have learned a lot more about myself during the program and I truly appreciate the time and effort the organization puts in especially by ferrying our young mentees to our work place every other week.

And my young mentee and I have developed a strong relationship and I've seen her grow a lot in the year we've been hanging out - a lot of which is down to the support from all the organizers in the program encouraging these adults to always do better.

I recommend this organization to all my colleagues.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for the mentoring program is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The kids, coming from backgrounds we usually only glimpse through our TV's, are truly inspirational and fun to be around. The program incorporates many different activities to get the kids to open up and find their voice. Many of them arrive with no belief in themselves, no confidence and almost broken by the disappointment of their young lives.

Through the program you see them transform and grow ,start to believe in themselves and that they can achieve as much as the next person with hard work, dedication and ambition. This is truly down to the amazing and caring leadership at YMC.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization which provides life guidance to an extremely under-served group in our city (Hispanic and African-American teenagers). Their non-judgmental, peer-to-peer, real life language methodologies reach their client base. They provide such a needed outlet for these young adults who so badly need an alternative to "hanging out on the corner" or otherwide get into trouble.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to be a mentor through the YMC program at Warner Bros. My experience has far exceeded my expectations. The kids we work with really reflect the accomplishment of YMC's mission - no matter what their circumstances in life they are happy, focused, goal-oriented, moving forward and bettering their lives and the lives of their families, committed and fun to be with. Our meetings every two weeks include one-on-one time as well as great exercises to get to know one another and to understand ourselves and each other, learn self-expression, and develop our own skills. I adore the mentor they matched to me, which also shows YMC's knowledge and experience. The staff is resourceful, supportive, intuitive, dedicated and authentically loving. This is a blast!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for YMC through my company. I'm very impressed by their committment to betting the lives of young people in our area. The interaction with understanding adults works wonders to open up these kids' eyes to a brighter possible future that awaits them.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So far I've had very limited experience with this non-profit, but all indications are that they truly care about helping the community and all stakeholders appear to be 100% engaged.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Mentoring Connection is a life saving and sharing organization.

I volunteered there years ago and still support because of the amazing transformation I've seen.

I still have a very active relationship with both of my mentees and it's all because of the great bonds the Youth Mentoring Connection creates.

Erica is now a sophmore in college with two partime jobs.

Terri is a Junior in High School getting ready to for college.

Both of their older sisters became teen mom and are struggling everyday.

If Erica and Terri would not have had YMC, they may have gone down that path too.

Their reality is a testament to the work YMC does.

Please support them

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

After working with YMC for many years I'm proud to be on their Leadership Board. Here's why:

The work exceptionally hard to connect at-risk teenagers from South LA with committed and caring adult mentors.

Their internal leadership is inspirational and a powerful force in our community.

In short, they care; About the kids, their mentors and their staff.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YMC is a community in every sense of the word, one that I'm proud to be a part of. My experience with YMC has been pleasant and rewarding. There is a clear apprehension when first starting with the program, but the staff are the best at what they do and they are always there to reassure and support both the mentees and mentors. They also work very hard to organize sessions and events. That makes things so easy for mentors. We just show up and participate. Put simply, the mentors would have a difficult time trying to mentor if it weren't for the YMC staff. The staff, with their unwavering dedication, inspire me.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My partner is a YMC mentor. I have seen what it has meant for both her and her mentee to have a close-knit and committed agency working to build lasting community and friendships. The group sessions, where all of the mentors and mentees come together to talk and share, has been emotional and rewarding for my partner. Personally, I have been pulled into the orbit of YMC, meeting mentees and mentors and learning things about my city and its youth and making friends that I would never have otherwise.

Review from Guidestar

Kevin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YMC maximizes all of its resources and donor volunteers to truly serve its mission. The staff is incredible and, most importantly, the work they do is inspiring and amazing. YMC makes sure that those that too much of society overlooks are given a voice. Mentoring is one of the most powerful things you can do as a volunteer, so give or get involved with YMC!